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Next Round of Talks to Put End to Syrian War

Next Round of Talks to Put End to Syrian War

16 de febrero de 2017, 09:13Astana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of Russia, Turkey, and Iran, along with heads of armed groups and officials of the Syrian government, are today seeking to reconcile a regime to control the cessation of hostilities and measures to punish offenders.

But some of Syria's rebels say they won't begin negotiating a political settlement with the government until measures are taken to bolster a flagging cease-fire and address urgent humanitarian concerns.

The Russian-proposed draft of the Syrian constitution, presented at the Astana I talks last month, falls short of mentioning federalism as a system of governance in the war-torn country, but hints at larger cultural and administrative freedoms within a decentralized Syria.

The arrival of a downgraded Turkish delegation with the rebels on the last day of the talks in the Kazakh capital also signaled that they were not serious about participating in the talks, Ja'afari said.

The Syrian armed opposition delegation of nine people is led by Mohammed Alloush.

The meeting is meant to pave the way for the revival of broader, United Nations -led peace talks in Geneva next week, but huge challenges remain as both sides criticized each other and continued to spar about the agenda for the talks.

U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura left and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov right enter a hall for talks in Moscow Russia Thursday Feb. 16 2017

The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, was meanwhile meeting with top Russian officials in Moscow in the run-up to the anticipated talks.

The efforts made by Iran, Syria and Turkey to mediate the Astana talks was no replacement for the previous efforts by the global community to help end the Syria crisis, but rather serve as a supplementary initiative, he noted.

The discussions were to take place on February 15 and 16.

While Russia and Iran back the regime with military might, Turkey has supported rebels fighting to oust Assad.

Attendance at the Astana talks is more uncertain, though Syria's government is being represented by Jaafari who has already arrived in Kazakhstan.

Jordan said it would attend the Astana talks as an observer.

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